Yan Kanji Phrases


Some sample sentences from Yan Kanji version 1.6 are shown below. In the app there are 25 phrases or sentences per episode.

The sentence structures in the iPhone app generally follow the sentence structures in the “Yan and the Japanese People” book. For example, they start off with basic things like “I am a student” and become progressively more complex, introducing new particles and verb forms in each episode.

And for any Blues Brothers fans in Japan, now you can order 4 fried chickens and a Coke! And some dry white toast. See the entry for “chicken” in episode 9 and “dry up” in episode 12.

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Episode 1 : Yan arrives in Japan


私は学生です
watashi wa gakusei desu
I am a student

これはあなたの荷物ですか
kore wa anata no nimotsu desu ka
is this your luggage?

Episode 2 : Moving in


猫がいますよ
neko ga imasu yo
there is a cat!

ブルの後に何かありますか
têburu no ushiro ni nani ka arimasu ka
is there something behind the table?

Episode 3 : Getting around


九十円の切手を四枚
kyûjû en no kitte o yon-mai
four 90-yen stamps

次の角を右へ曲がって
tsugi no kado o migi e magatte
turn right at the next corner

Episode 4 : First day at work


電話を使ってもいいですか
denwa o tsukattemo ii desu ka
may I use the telephone?

お名前は何ですか
o-namae wa nan desu ka
what is your name?

Episode 5 : A day with the Kato family


毎朝いつも紅茶を飲みます
mai asa itsumo kôcha o nomimasu
each morning I always drink black tea

バスで大学へ行きます
basu de daigaku e ikimasu
I go to university by bus

Episode 6 : A trip to Nikko


日光へ行くつもりです
nikkô e iku tsumori desu
I'm planning to go to Nikko

滝を見たんですか
taki o mita n desu ka
did you see the waterfall?

Episode 7 : A baseball game


打者は三塁へ走りました
dasha wa sanrui e hashirimashita
the batter ran to third base

力士はお菓子を食べています
rikishi wa okashi o tabete imasu
the sumo wrestler is eating sweets

Episode 8 : Shopping in Akihabara


昨日は寒くなかったですね
kinô wa samukunakatta desu ne
yesterday wasn't cold, was it?

こちらのほうが安いです
kochira no hô ga yasui desu
this one is cheaper

Episode 9 : An evening out


揚げた鶏四羽とコケ一杯
ageta-niwatori yonwa to koke ippai
4 fried chickens and a Coke

明日海で泳ぎたいです
ashita umi de oyogitai desu
tomorrow I want to swim in the sea

Episode 10 : A drive to Hakone


刀を買うかもしれません
katana o kau kamo shiremasen
I may buy a sword

天皇は嬉しそうです
tennô wa ureshisô desu
the Emperor of Japan looks happy

Episode 11 : A construction site


その船は多分沈むでしょう
sono fune wa tabun shizumu deshô
that boat will probably sink

会社まで歩けますか
kaisha made arukemasu ka
can you walk to the office?

Episode 12 : A day off


乾燥させた食パン
kansôsaseta shokupan
dry white toast

どうして贈り物を買うんですか
dôshite okurimono o kau n desu ka
why are you buying gifts?

Episode 13 : Lost and found


質問をしてはいけない
shitsumon o shite wa ikenai
you must not ask questions

今日は吉日です
kyô wa kitsujitsu desu
today's the lucky day


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